How Are Educate Together Schools Funded

Educate Together schools receive funding from the Irish government, just like other primary and post-primary schools. The amount of funding each school receives depends on a number of factors, such as the number of students enrolled and the type of school (e.g., primary or post-primary). Educate Together schools also receive additional funding for special programs and initiatives, such as their focus on equality and inclusivity. Overall, Educate Together schools are funded in a similar way to other schools in Ireland, and they receive funding to support their unique educational mission.

Private Donations

Educate Together schools rely heavily on private donations to supplement their government funding. These donations come from a variety of sources, including:

  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Businesses
  • Foundations

Donations are used to support a wide range of activities, including:

  • Teacher salaries
  • Classroom materials
  • School buildings and facilities
  • Extracurricular activities

Educate Together schools are grateful for the generous support of their donors. Private donations play a vital role in ensuring that these schools can provide a high-quality education to their students.

Source of FundingAmount
Government funding€100 million
Private donations€20 million
Other sources€10 million
Total€130 million

Fees and Charges

In addition to state funding, Educate Together schools may charge fees and levies to cover operational costs not covered by government funding. These fees and levies are typically approved by the school’s Board of Management and must be used for educational purposes.

  • Registration Fee: A one-time fee charged to new students upon enrollment.
  • Annual Levy: A yearly fee charged to all students to cover general school expenses.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Fees may be charged for participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, and clubs.
  • Materials and Supplies: Some schools may charge for textbooks, workbooks, and other materials.

It’s important to note that Educate Together schools operate on a non-profit basis, and any fees or levies collected are solely used to support the school’s educational mission.

Registration FeeCovers administrative costs of enrollment
Annual LevySupports general school expenses (e.g., utilities, maintenance)
Extracurricular ActivitiesFunds for specific activities (e.g., sports equipment, club activities)
Materials and SuppliesCovers cost of textbooks, workbooks, etc.

Voluntary Contributions

Educate Together schools rely on voluntary contributions from parents and the wider community to supplement their funding. These contributions can include donations of money, materials, or time.

There are a number of ways to make a voluntary contribution to an Educate Together school:

  • Donate money online or via post.
  • Donate materials such as books, equipment, or furniture.
  • Volunteer your time to help with fundraising events, teaching, or administrative tasks.

Voluntary contributions play a vital role in the funding of Educate Together schools. They help to ensure that these schools can provide a high quality of education for all students.